Dear Cantalician Family,
These are truly some of the most exciting times in the Cantalician Center's 58 year history. The opening of our new Academic Campus, the combining of our daycare and preschool programs in to the same state of the art Campus, and the growth of programs at our Adult Community Services site will dramatically improve the lives of thousands of Western New York families just like you for many years to come.
However, I must share with you news coming from the New York State Governor's office that could have a dramatic impact on the services that have become such an important part of your life.
The 2013-14 New York State Executive Budget proposes a reduction of 6% from the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) Medicaid funding. This amount equals up to $240 million statewide annually when factoring in the loss federal matching dollars the state cut will create.
Moreover, the entire reduction will be taken from "from not-for-profit providers providing services to people with developmental disabilities All services will be affected including residential, day habilitation, supported employment, prevocational, Medicaid Service Coordination, community habilitation, respite, residential habilitation - thelist is endless and all inclusive.
While we must wait for the final language to be released from Albany, the Cantalician Center currently has no plans for ANY reduction of services in any of our program areas. However, if this amendment goes through, the financial strain will significantly hinder the addition of new opportunities for the individuals we serve. You will see changes and reductions in the number of opportunities and types of activities offered in your program. Facility repairs and maintenance will be done only for critical life safety issues. Throughout Western New York, transition services for those young adults graduating from high school and moving to adult services will be curtailed.
As someone directly affected by these cuts, we humbly ask that your voice be heard. I have attached an easy to follow guide to contacting your local representatives to let them know that allowing this cut to go through will threaten the services that your family depends on.
If you have any questions at all or would like know of additional ways that you can help, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at (716) 901-8702.
Terese M. Scofidio